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for White-crowned

Rob Denholtz
 

There was a White-crowned Sparrow (adult) in the Carp Salt Marsh Nature Park this morning. First one I’ve seen this Fall. Also, a Yellow-crowned Night Heron in Franklin Creek, near the footbridge. They are more or less regular there lately.

Rob Denholtz
Carp

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Rob Denholtz
Carpinteria


Sedgwick Reserve (restricted access) - Weekly Survey

Peter Schneekloth
 

A relatively cool morning gave way by mid morning to warm still air which seemed to subdue bird activity over much or the area we surveyed. Nonetheless we managed 47 species including both Canyon Wren and a very confiding Rock Wren along the entry road which posed for photos:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/48910624341/in/dateposted-public/

A Rufous-crowned Sparrow also gave fantastic looks, one good looking sparrow I might add:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/48910096543/in/dateposted-public/

As we were leaving a pair of Golden Eagles appeared one of which was dive upon repeatedly by a Red-tailed Hawk. Quite a show.

The entire list here: 

https://ebird.org/checklist/S60673381 

For the Sedgwick Bird Crew
Peter Schneekloth
Buellton


Lewis Woodpeckers at Las Cruzitas

Cruz Phillips
 

We had two Lewis Woodpeckers yesterday on the dirt road 1/2 mile west of the entrance to the ranch and one Lewis Woodpecker today in the "equipment" field.    

Just had my knee replacement re-replaced a couple weeks ago, so the fall action has been watched from my couch and chair mostly.  Other than the  expected western warblers in low numbers we had a Clay-colored Sparrow and a MacGillvary's Warbler.  Vesper Sparrows have arrived in good numbers and a Burrowing Owl was seen on a post along the dirt road last night (which is early for their arrival).  

Cruz Phillips
Las Cruzitas Ranch
Santa Ynez


East Pinery Road

Florence Sanchez
 

I hiked East Pinery Road today for the first time this fall.  Nothing remarkable to report except that the Red-breasted Nuthatch invasion is very evident here.  I counted 26 of them from the road head to the bottom of the keyhole!

Other montane species found were 3 Steller's Jays, 2 Mountain Chickadees and a flock of 4 Mountain Quail.  I heard some Fox Sparrows, but they did not show themselves.  Otherwise, common oak woodland Birds.  I also had a gray-headed Orange-crowned Warbler.  No sign of winter finches.

The "stars" of the show were the hoards of flies which made a lovely morning rather miserable!  I will plan to visit again when we have another spat of cold nights that hopefully will kill some of them.

Florence Sanchez


Burrowing Owl @ NCOS

Adrian O'Loghlen
 

There was a Burrowing Owl at North Campus Open Space this am (Wed).  It was flushed from one of the hibernacula on the north-facing slope on south side (restricted access area) of the slough by Hayden, one of the NCOS crew working in the area, and landed nearby at another hibernaculum.  This location is approximately 100 m west of the hibernaculum where one of the BUOW wintered last year.  I will try to find and report a location on the main north trail from which the hibernaculum that the current owl seems to be using can be seen.

https://flic.kr/p/2hw3iZi

Adrian O'Loghlen 
Goleta


[CALBIRDS] White Wagtail, San Clemente Island, 15 October

Wim van Dam
 

It seems that Nick and Cuyler's White Wagtail has been refound...

Wim


---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Justyn Stahl <justyn.stahl@...>
Date: Tue, Oct 15, 2019 at 9:04 PM
Subject: [CALBIRDS] White Wagtail, San Clemente Island, 15 October
To: <calbirds@groups.io>, LACoBirding <lacobirds@groups.io>


Upon hearing of Nick Lethaby et al.'s White Wagtail encounter at Santa Barbara Island late last night, I remarked to a few friends that perhaps Nicole Desnoyers and I would relocate it at Lemon Tank today upon our return to San Clemente Island. Well, we did. This is the first record for San Clemente Island, and well overdue in my opinion given the suite of other Siberian vagrants recorded here. 


Otherwise, it has been a rather quiet fall here to date, with other highlights being:
Greater White-fronted Goose - 17 on 29 Sep
Buller's Shearwater - 3 on 29 Sep
Cooper's Hawk - 10 October (just the 2nd documented record for SCI)
Vermilion Flycatcher - 30 Sep (5th record for SCI)
Red-breasted Nuthatch - obvious invasion year
Varied Thrush - one on 2 October
Pine Siskin - one on 9 October
Bobolink - one on 28 Sep, one on 1 Oct
Northern Waterthrush - one on 30 Sep
Black-and-white Warbler - one on 10 October
CANADA WARBLER - one on 27 September (6th record for SCI)
Summer Tanager - one on 24 September

Best,
Justyn Stahl
San Clemente Island 


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Wim van Dam (Solvang, CA)
SBCO #385: Neotropic Cormorant


SBI and SCI birds and pelagics

Nick Lethaby
 

All,

Thanks to the generosity of Cuyler Stapelmann's dad, Frank, we were able to visit Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz Islands from Friday through Monday. Since Frank's yacht is  significantly slower than the Island Packers boats, we spent a lot of time at sea. The pelagic birding was very poor with almost nothing seen.

We arrived at SBI at 17.00 on Friday and were able to see some birds on the island, but spent all of Saturday either birding the island or visiting Sutil Rock to check the boobies there. On SBI itself, birds of interest were a Redstart, single Magnolia and Nashville Warblers, Lapland Longspur, Clay-colored, Brewer's, Chipping, Song, and Vesper Sparrows, 13 Burrowing and 2 Long-eared Owls, Merlin, Sharp-shinned Hawk, and Acorn Woodpecker. A White-faced Ibis was flying around just offshore. Sutil had the usual Brown (50), Blue-footed (1), and Masked/Nazca (two adults) Boobies, all showing well.

When the the forecast marine layer did not materialize the next morning, we decided to head up to SCI and spend the morning and early afternoon pelagic birding. This was probably a bad mistake as it became apparent there was a marine layer further north around SCI, Anacapa, and the mainland that got some birds offshore. Also the pelagic birding was deadly dull. Fortunately we struck gold while still moored off SBI when Cuyler picked up an incoming passerine heading into the island. Luckily it was calling and had a distinctive long-tailed silhouette - a White Wagtail! We motored into the landing cove but saw no evidence the bird had stopped there.

In the afternoon, we went ashore at Smuggler's Cove on SCI, getting pretty wet during the landing. Birds there included a White-winged Dove, a Merlin, and a Red-breasted Sapsucker. The next day we opted for a dry shore landing by visiting Prisoner's Harbor with its nice floating dock and pier. The highlight here was a Dickscissel with nice back-up being a Pacific Wren and yet another Merlin.

The crossing to SB harbor was pretty quiet with a few Black-vents, a Pinkfoot, and a couple of jaegers.

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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

Mobile: 805 284 6200
Work: 805 562 5106

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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA


Re: "Song Thrasher" at LLC

Phila Rogers
 

Dear Birders:

Several years ago I had a male Lesser Goldfinch coming to my feeder with what appeared to be the same disorder.  I continued to see the bird for several months so I assumed that the curved bill didn't prevent the bird from eating seed.

Phila Rogers
Santa Barbara

On Mon, Oct 14, 2019 at 11:40 AM Barbara Goll via Groups.Io <b37g=VERIZON.NET@groups.io> wrote:
I have numerous photographs of this bird and did a bit of online research on it . The bird has Avian Keratin Disorder which causes its beak to grow abnormally. You can Google the disorder to learn more about it and see photos of affected birds.   I have never posted before so I hopeI did this right.

Barbara Goll 
Goleta




Re: “Song Thrasher” at LLC

Barbara Goll <b37g@...>
 

Photo of "Song Thrasher"

Hope this helps.

Barbara Goll
Goleta




"Song Thrasher" at LLC

Barbara Goll <b37g@...>
 

I have numerous photographs of this bird and did a bit of online research on it . The bird has Avian Keratin Disorder which causes its beak to grow abnormally. You can Google the disorder to learn more about it and see photos of affected birds.   I have never posted before so I hopeI did this right.

Barbara Goll 
Goleta




Male Vermilion Flycatcher at SMCC

John Deacon
 

There is now a bright male VEFL at Santa Maria Country Club.

John Deacon
Orcutt


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John Deacon
Orcutt


Re: “Song Thrasher” at LLC

John Callender
 

A quick followup to share some information someone was kind enough to forward to me. This appears to be a condition called “Avian Keratin Disorder”, or AKD, first described in chickadees in Alaska in the 1990s. Recent research suggests it may be caused by a virus. More information at the links below (including a link to a form for reporting birds with the condition; I’ve taken the liberty of submitting a report for this bird already based on the two eBird lists).

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-07/caos-ndv072516.php

https://www.usgs.gov/centers/asc/science/beak-deformities-landbirds?qt-science_center_objects=0#qt-science_center_objects

John Callender
Carpinteria


Figueroa Mountain

Wes Fritz
 

SB Birders,

I birded portions of Fig Mountain last night starting at 8:00pm until 1:45 am, I was mainly up there looking for owls. I spent the most my time on the Cat Way Road or also know as Zaca Ridge Road, I birded it all the way to La Jolla Springs Trail Head. The moon was nearly full and it really made it hard to see owls. Actually there were very quiet and difficult.
  But the Common Poorwills are still passing through in decent numbers with 9 individuals being seen. They were all seen on the west facing slopes and the air temperature was 57 degrees so it was perfect conditions for seeing these birds well.
  As Brad Hacker mentioned not too long ago, you definitely need a high clearance vehicle and decent tires. Basically the road is pretty dicey with deep ruts along with other hazards.

I do not recommend trying this road in a simple car, or going out owling on full moon nights. I apologize for not reporting the owls.

Good birding.


Wes Fritz
805-895-0685
Wes-Fritz@...
Solvang CA.


“Song Thrasher” at LLC

John Callender
 

I haven’t seen this bird myself, but apparently there is a Song Sparrow at Lake Los Carneros that has an abnormally long upper beak that curves downward, making Marge and Don Thornton, who saw the bird near the east end of the dam on September 23, say it looks at first glance like “a miniature thrasher.” You can see their photo in their eBird list here:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60064902

Today Jacob Broad photographed what looks like the same bird. His photos are here:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60599964

I wonder what might have caused the deformity, what problems it creates for the bird, and whether the beak will continue to grow in the future.

John Callender
Carpinteria


RFI 1994 hybrid wigeon

Tom Miko
 

Hi,
I am entering old pre-internet bird observations into eBird (when I should be out looking for October vagrants), and I am currently entering a long day trip from San Pedro up to Ventura and Santa Barbara counties and back and the problem is that not only do the names of bird species change, but sometimes the names of the places where you saw them also changes. I have an entry from February 13, 1994 for a hybrid American / Eurasian Wigeon in a  place in Santa Barbara called Sandpiper Park. I'm not finding this place on eBird. There is a golf course with this name.
There are other parks in other counties and in other states with this name, but I'm not finding the place where this hybrid wigeon was, in Santa Barbara County. Does anybody have any records for this hybrid wigeon from the winter of 1984? if I saw this bird at the time, it was very likely because I found out about it from others and I was chasing a known bird.

Thomas Geza Miko
Claremont, LA County
909.241.3300


>>>THREAD CLOSED<<< Re: [sbcobirding] Birders no longer welcome at Laguna Rd. (Ventura Co.)

Jamie Chavez
 

This is an attempt to close this thread to the Santa Barbara list because the location in question is in another county. However, since sbcobirding was copied in the "To" line in the original message I can't say we won't receive these again, but I am imploring sbcobirders not to respond to the message with a CC that will go back to this group. This topic is closed to sbcobirding.

Thank you,

Jamie Chavez
sbcobirding Moderator


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Jamie Chavez
Santa Maria, CA


Re: Birders no longer welcome at Laguna Rd. (Ventura Co.)

Todd McGrath
 

Noah,

I don’t live in CA anymore, but have birders the Laguna Tams annually for 20+ years (multiple times per year) including this year). Dave and some of the locals have birded It far more regularly. On many occasions local folks have stopped by to ask what we are doing and were interested to hear about the cool birds seen there. Once in a while someone comes by to express a concern, usually to report a birder or group of birders that didn’t behave well and caused a traffic situation and or a safety concern. Most of the time it’s out of fear that someone will be hurt. It’s never been the organic farm owner that owns the Tams as far as I know.  Steve Tucker very appropriately brought this incident up a a reminder to take care when birding the location, nothing more and nothing less.

You are a visitor the the VENCO area, and visitors should generally take their cues from the local birders about what the rules are for birding various locations adjacent to or on sensitive property. I travel all over the country fairly regularly and bird a number of locations like this. I always am careful to learn the rules, obey them, and be friendly and grateful to the landowners or locals that I meet. What makes you an expert on this location based on a comment that you did not even experience first-hand? Your history of creating issues such as this when none actually exist leaves me to believe there is a core issue that I am not qualified help you with, but perhaps you should find someone who is. 

Finally the Laguna Tams are in VENCO, not SBC. I would suggest you move this discussion to that forum. If you still believe it is not a place the public should bird, my advice is don’t bird it. 

Todd McGrath
SKUA@...
The Woodlands TX
But often the Laguna Tams

On Sunday, October 13, 2019, 02:07:01 AM CDT, Noah Arthur via Groups.Io <semirelicta@...> wrote:


Thing is, now that some birders have blocked traffic there, the local landowners will see ALL birders as a potential nuisance at best, and a menace to public safety at worst. You all really think it's OK to keep birding a place where local landowners clearly don't want us to bird? To me, birding doesn't seem to be a good enough reason to antagonize people like this. And landowners do have the authority to tell birders to leave public roads bordering their property, simply because birding is an unimportant and illegitimate, even if legal, use of public roads. 

If anybody can give a good reason why it's ethically OK to bird such places, then I'm all ears. But I haven't heard anything convincing yet; everyone tells me that it's fine to bird such sensitive areas simply because it's not illegal. However, something being legal doesn't mean it's ethical, so to me that argument is not particularly convincing... 

Noah







On Saturday, October 12, 2019, 07:12:33 PM PDT, David Pereksta <pereksta@...> wrote:


Noah

This is not your call to make, yet it is something you have done numerous times in Northern California and are now trying to do it down here. Just because someone got talked to by a motorist on Laguna Road does not mean it is off limits to birders. I have been talked to by frustrated people there numerous times when I am birding there respectfully on my own. Yes, groups and some individuals should conduct themselves better there, but it does not mean that you can come in and dictate where people should bird or do not bird. We talked about this the other day (which obviously did not have any impact on you) so I don’t know what to do about this. I will tell you that I am not approving your post to the venturacobirding list and the next time you post anything like this, I am banishing you from the list. 

All other birders reading this, please ignore Noah’s post. However, when you are at the Laguna tams, please be respectful to motorists and step out of the road when cars are passing by. 

Dave Pereksta
Ventura



On Oct 12, 2019, at 18:36, Noah Arthur via Groups.Io <semirelicta@...> wrote:


Thanks to Steve Tucker for pointing out the sensitive access situation at the Laguna Rd. tams. The local residents obviously do not like birders walking along Laguna Rd, so in my opinion this location should be considered closed to birding, and should be marked as “restricted access” in eBird. 

In the past, situations where birders refused to stop visiting a road with tams when local landowners asked them to, resulted in the tams being cut down and the birds losing this important habitat. 

Noah Arthur (Oakland)



Re: Birders no longer welcome at Laguna Rd. (Ventura Co.)

Noah Arthur
 

Thing is, now that some birders have blocked traffic there, the local landowners will see ALL birders as a potential nuisance at best, and a menace to public safety at worst. You all really think it's OK to keep birding a place where local landowners clearly don't want us to bird? To me, birding doesn't seem to be a good enough reason to antagonize people like this. And landowners do have the authority to tell birders to leave public roads bordering their property, simply because birding is an unimportant and illegitimate, even if legal, use of public roads. 

If anybody can give a good reason why it's ethically OK to bird such places, then I'm all ears. But I haven't heard anything convincing yet; everyone tells me that it's fine to bird such sensitive areas simply because it's not illegal. However, something being legal doesn't mean it's ethical, so to me that argument is not particularly convincing... 

Noah







On Saturday, October 12, 2019, 07:12:33 PM PDT, David Pereksta <pereksta@...> wrote:


Noah

This is not your call to make, yet it is something you have done numerous times in Northern California and are now trying to do it down here. Just because someone got talked to by a motorist on Laguna Road does not mean it is off limits to birders. I have been talked to by frustrated people there numerous times when I am birding there respectfully on my own. Yes, groups and some individuals should conduct themselves better there, but it does not mean that you can come in and dictate where people should bird or do not bird. We talked about this the other day (which obviously did not have any impact on you) so I don’t know what to do about this. I will tell you that I am not approving your post to the venturacobirding list and the next time you post anything like this, I am banishing you from the list. 

All other birders reading this, please ignore Noah’s post. However, when you are at the Laguna tams, please be respectful to motorists and step out of the road when cars are passing by. 

Dave Pereksta
Ventura



On Oct 12, 2019, at 18:36, Noah Arthur via Groups.Io <semirelicta@...> wrote:


Thanks to Steve Tucker for pointing out the sensitive access situation at the Laguna Rd. tams. The local residents obviously do not like birders walking along Laguna Rd, so in my opinion this location should be considered closed to birding, and should be marked as “restricted access” in eBird. 

In the past, situations where birders refused to stop visiting a road with tams when local landowners asked them to, resulted in the tams being cut down and the birds losing this important habitat. 

Noah Arthur (Oakland)



Re: An odd gift of migration

Kirill Shtengel
 

For what it's worth, together with another visiting birdwatcher we saw a Western Medowllark on Santa Cruz island last Sunday (10/6)


Re: Birders no longer welcome at Laguna Rd. (Ventura Co.)

David Pereksta
 

Noah

This is not your call to make, yet it is something you have done numerous times in Northern California and are now trying to do it down here. Just because someone got talked to by a motorist on Laguna Road does not mean it is off limits to birders. I have been talked to by frustrated people there numerous times when I am birding there respectfully on my own. Yes, groups and some individuals should conduct themselves better there, but it does not mean that you can come in and dictate where people should bird or do not bird. We talked about this the other day (which obviously did not have any impact on you) so I don’t know what to do about this. I will tell you that I am not approving your post to the venturacobirding list and the next time you post anything like this, I am banishing you from the list. 

All other birders reading this, please ignore Noah’s post. However, when you are at the Laguna tams, please be respectful to motorists and step out of the road when cars are passing by. 

Dave Pereksta
Ventura



On Oct 12, 2019, at 18:36, Noah Arthur via Groups.Io <semirelicta@...> wrote:


Thanks to Steve Tucker for pointing out the sensitive access situation at the Laguna Rd. tams. The local residents obviously do not like birders walking along Laguna Rd, so in my opinion this location should be considered closed to birding, and should be marked as “restricted access” in eBird. 

In the past, situations where birders refused to stop visiting a road with tams when local landowners asked them to, resulted in the tams being cut down and the birds losing this important habitat. 

Noah Arthur (Oakland)